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ORTHOMETRY.
because they are so, is fastidious, nor can the objec­tion, as applied to our language, be justified."
6.—ARRANGEMENT OF RHYMES.
Before closing the chapter on rhymes, some remarks appear necessary as to their arrangement in verse, and as to the kinds of poetry to which their introduction seems suitable and necessary. Rhymes are arranged either:
(i) Consecutively in couplets and rarely in triplets, or
(ii) Alternately, as in the elegiac stanza and ballad metre, or
(iii) At irregular intervals, or crossed, of which numerous examples will be found in " Combina­tions of Verse," and the " Sonnet." Puttenham, in his " Art of Poetry," adopted an elaborate system of angular and wavy lines to illustrate such arrangements, a plan which we decline to adopt as unnecessary and disfiguring to verse presenta­tion. The student, who is accustomed to read with pencil in hand, will know how and when to mark the points on which his attention should rest.
By arrangement is to be understood the order in which rhymes ought to stand to produce the best effect, i.e. to satisfy the ear; for the ear will be better pleased with the rhymes that are perfect, if they stand in one order rather than another, and a skilful managment in ordering those that are imperfect will render them less displeasing. The quick return of the same sound, however






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